Category Archives: Parties

Giant Paper Snowflakes

Giant Paper SnowflakesHow is the holiday season treating you?  For me, I’ve been busy with: parties, shopping, gift wrapping, baking, post office visits, sewing, etc. One thing I didn’t do this year was put up Christmas lights outside. Since we have a new house, I haven’t figured out the logistics for that. So to make up for the absence of outside lights, I decided to add some oversized paper snowflakes to the windows.

You can’t really tell in the picture but that snowflake is about 2 1/2 feet wide.  I used the snowflake tutorial from KroKoTak which is pretty detailed (click here for link).  Here are few tips for making oversized snowflakes:

1.  I used white wrapping paper to make these.  You’ll need a paper that is thick enough that it can carry the weight of the oversized snowflake.

2.  The paper has a tendency to move around when you cut it so I recommend using paperclips to hold the paper together while cutting.

3.  To get out all the fold lines, iron it on your iron’s lowest setting.  You can’t just move the iron around because it will get caught on the cut outs.  Instead, pick it up and set it down on each place you iron.

For the next couple of weeks I’ll be taking a break from this blog.  If you want to see what I’m up to, you can follow me on Instagram.  I’ve been trying to post more photos over there lately.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

DIY Washi Tape Spider Web

washi tape spider web wall artSince we moved into our new house, I haven’t had a chance to decorate the living room. So, I decided to use that to my advantage and make the wall my personal canvas.  Good plan, right?  I got out my favorite craft medium (washi tape) and created this oversized spider web. The web was easy to make, it just took a little time cutting/applying all the tape (about 45 minutes).  If you want to try something like this on your wall, I’ve provided simple directions below.

Supplies

Regular width size roll of black washi tape – I used almost the entire roll for this project

Thin width roll of black washi tape – I used the whole roll for this project

Washi Tape Spider Web Directions

washi tape spider web wall art 21.  With regular sized washi tape, place five strips on the wall to make a star shape.

2.  With thin washi tape, place one piece in the wedge (refer to fig 2).

3.  Add a second piece of tape (refer to fig. 3).

4.  Repeat steps 2 and 3 to fill in all the wedges.  Continue to do this, making a larger ring outside of each ring until the web is complete.

*Washi tape is low tack and should come off your walls easily without ruining the paint.

DIY Sleepover Birthday Invitations

sleepover party invitationsI’m in the process of planning my daughter’s first sleepover birthday party.  And my main concern isn’t the decorations or the food but if I will get any sleep?!  When my mother talks about my first sleepover, she always reminds me that it was hard to get everyone to go to bed.  My memories are a little different.  I remember I wore a pair of old-fashioned striped footed pajamas.  Not only did my mom rent a movie for the occasion but she also rented the VCR.  Yes, there was a time when people rented VCR’s.  My friend Jillian gave me the book, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  And last, I remember that one of the favors was a purple wonder woman shaped soap. Kind of random, I know.

Anyhow, you’re probably interested in the invitations I’ve got pictured above.  On my search for inspiration, I came across a lot of cute invitations.  Pictured above were a few of my favorites.  I actually used the cute “sleeping girl invitation” for my daughter’s invites.  Links below.

1. Sleep Mask Invitation by FunkyTime – free printable

2. Miss Sleepy Invitation by Ginger & George – free printable

3. Cereal Box Invitation by Heidi Kenney – free printable

4. Makeup Compact Invitation by Mouse House – DIY directions

Okay, just one last thing.  Does anyone have any tips for throwing a sleepover party?  Your advice would be much appreciated.

Crafty Graduation Party Ideas

Graduation Party IdeasGraduation season is upon us.  We’re just celebrating a 5th grade commencement and even that comes with a lot of commitments.  There’s a breakfast, a special 5th grade party and of course the commencement ceremony.  When I was in elementary school, we just had an advancement ceremony.  But if you’re planning something bigger, here are few ideas to help you get inspired:

1.  “The Sky is The Limit” themed graduation party by Lisa Storms

2.  Graduation Confetti from the evite blog

3.  Gift Card Holders by Pitter and Glink

4.  Neon Graduation Party by Martha Stewart

DIY Washi Tape Gift Wrap Bow

washi tape gift wrap bowI have dubbed the month of May “gift month” since we celebrate so many birthdays/holidays.  Our extended family gets together on one day and exchanges gifts for three birthdays, Mother’s Day, Boy’s Day, and Girl’s Day.  It’s a little crazy and can feel like a second Christmas.  So, for the past few weeks I’ve been in gift wrapping mode.  I decided to try something a little different and make some washi tape bows.  I especially like the bows with prints.

Supplies:

Ruler

White tissue paper

Scissors

Washi tape – three 8in strips, three 6 1/2in strips and one 3 1/2in strip

Stapler

Glue Dots

washi tape gift wrap bow1.  Cut a piece of tissue paper that is 7 inches in height.  It doesn’t matter how wide it is.  Lay three pieces of 8 in tape across the tissue paper.  Leave about a half-inch hanging off each side of the tissue paper.   Cut the excess tissue paper away (refer to dotted lines.

washi tape gift wrap bow 22.  Your strips should now look like this with the print side facing down.  The tissue paper is important because it keeps the bow from sticking to itself, once assembled.

* Repeat steps 1 and 2 for all the strips of tape listed in the supplies section.  For the 6 1/2in strips, use tissue paper with a height of 5 1/2in.  For the 3 1/2 inch tape strip, use a tissue paper with a height of 2 1/2in.

washi tape gift wrap bow 33.  Find the half way point of the tape strip.  Make a loop and place the end of the tape at that half way point (refer to fig 3).  You will not need any glue since the ends of the tape strips are sticky.

4.  With the other end of the tape, make a second loop to make a figure eight shape.  Refer to fig 4.

washi tape gift wrap bow 45.  Continue to make the same figure eight shapes for the rest of the 8in and 6 1/2in strips of tape.  For the 3 1/2in piece of  tape, make a simple loop.

6.  Now you’re going to start assembling the bow.  Stack all the 8in pieces together to make a star shape.  Staple together in the center.  Repeat the process for the 6in pieces.

washi tape gift wrap bow 27.  Stack the smaller star on top of the larger star shape.  Adhere with glue dots.  Last, tape the loop to the center with the same washi tape you’ve been using.

Mix and match different colors and prints to achieve different looks.  Use the bows to decorate gift boxes, gift bags and anything else you wish to make a little more festive.

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